Sail, delight in nature and watch the comings and goings in the port, get to know local culture and even try peixe azul-marinho (navy-blue fish), a typical local dish of fish accompanied by green banana, rice and salad.
20 minutes by boat from Santos City Center, Diana Island is a piece of land isolated from urban life. Situated at the confluence of the River Diana and Bertioga Channel, beside the River Jurubatuba, the island lies in the continental area of Santos and is home to 200m people – everyone knows each other.
En route to the island from the boat station behind the Customs House, it is possible to observe the fauna and flora, with typical mangrove swamp species such as crabs and mollusks, as well as birds, for example red ibis, herons, wood rails, spoonbills and egrets. Raccoons and otters are the commonly spotted mammals.
The colorful local houses, Bom Jesus da Ilha Diana Church, the beach and a chat with locals guarantee a different kind of trip, where local cuisine is a highlight.
Besides peixe azul-marinho, there are other options: shrimp stuffed pumpkin and dried beef – but it is necessary to book at least one day in advance, by phone(13) 3019-5418. The boats run from 6m to 11.50pm – check times and prices on www.cetsantos.com.br (Transporte – Barca Área Continental).
Anyone who wishes to can join the Vida Caiçara, Project, which takes a group of 15 to 40 people to Diana Island daily. Trips must be arranged at least three days in advance by phone (13) 99741-8690.
The Vida Caiçara Project – Community Based Environmental Education and Tourism, offers an experience of aspects of local culture, still present in the customs and landscape of Diana Island. The complete package gives visitors transport to and from the island, and a guided trip through the mangrove swamp. The price includes breakfast and typical local lunch. The project also offers special tours for bigger groups, such as schools and other institutions, and also organizes other types of package tours.